Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Avon Matte ~ Violetta


Avon Matte ~ Violetta  
Dark matte purple


Avon is a new and not so easy to obtain brand for me. That means I haven’t seen it at my regular online nail polish shops. I bought this matte purple in a blog sale. I didn’t buy it because it’s a matte, because I really like shiny things. I bought it because I really liked the colour, and I know that the top coat does the shiny trick.

The application was a challenge, but that’s obviously because I’m a newcomer when it comes to matte polishes. It dried so fast that it was really unforgiving. Every thin spot showed up mercilessly. The brush was a dream to work with though – nice and wide, without being unmanageable. The second layer went better, now that I knew what to expect, so I got everything nicely smoothed out.

This polish is so thick and pigmented that it is a perfect stamping polish too! Yay for that. 

Here is how it ended up looking, two coats, but no top coat:


It looks a little bit like silk – and it feels like it too! And the pic is pretty colour accurate.

But! As I said: I like it shiny, so I decided to stamp on this. I used Barry M’s “Lilac foil”, and the stamping plate BM206 from Bundlemonster.

Here’s what it looked like after a generous coat of Seche Vite:



 I must admit that I’m not 100 % satisfied with this mani. Seche smudged the stamp too much, and I haven’t stamped as evenly as I’d like to. Having said that, I must say that it looks much better in real life. I guess that’s what matters, really.

What do you think? Would you use this matte polish on its own? Should I have?

Opacity: 10/10
Colour, prettiness: 9/10
Durability: 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Overall: 9.5/10
Buy again: Yes

25 comments:

  1. I really like this mani! It is beautiful on its own, too! I have never tried any polishes from Avon before. I may have to change that :)

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    1. I actually bought a couple of Avon polishes in that blog sale, but this is the first one I have tried on :)

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  2. I love it! I was looking for it here but I couldn't find it in the catalouge :( I hope it will be available soon.

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    1. I cross my fingers for you that you'll find it.

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  3. Wow that is such a pretty matte purple!

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    1. Thank you. I was very positively surprised over this polish :)

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  4. So nice, it's such a pretty matte.

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  5. I still haven´t used any AVON matte nail polishes, but I think I should, because this on looks just great! I love the combo with stamping!

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    1. I think you should too, and I'll be sure to check out the posts about it if you decide to :) Thank you!

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  6. I also have it and also love the color of it :).
    I used it only on it's own and even more than once :). It's actually one of my favourite Avon's nail polishes. What I don't like - it's the longevity (more than 2 days without chips it doesn't stay on me :( ).
    I don't know, how in other countries, but in Ukraine Avon matte nail polishes are already discontinued. They rarely appear in catalogues, but if they do then they have a sign that the amount of the products is already limited, so if you order, you might not get it.

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    1. Yes, the colour is quite amazing, isn't it. I definitely see myself wearing it again :)
      I'm a bit envious that you can even buy Avon polishes. Denmark is hopelessly behind when it comes to nail polishes. Perhaps I should consider being a nail polish importer. :D

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    2. Talking about Ukraine, there're really a lot of Ukrainian nail polish brands and they're rather cheap, but their quality often "makes wish better" :(...
      But yes, to get Avon nail polishes it's so easy here :).

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    3. What is "rather cheap" if I may ask, just out of curiosity?
      And how much is an Avon polish?
      I know, I know, I'm way too curious. I can't help it :D

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    4. I don't mind answering ;).
      In currently Avon catalogue nail polishes from the nailwear pro, nailwear pro + and speed dry+ costs for 2,6 euro. And, for example, in the next catalogue will be a promo to buy 3 polishes for 6,9 euro.
      And about prices on ukrainian nail polish brands I meant that we have here nail polishes that costs from 0,5 euro and higher (to 2,5 euro :)).
      P.S. But the average salary in my town is 150-200 euros. And it's the salary of the person who graduated University... Well, yeah, that's how we live in Ukraine :/.

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    5. I can tell you even more ugly truth about living here. 1 kilogram of the cheapest cheese costs 7 euros, the Chinese noname shoes 40 euros, chinese noname jeans 60 euros. And the country has lots of resources, such as grain, maize, sunflower, canola which goes abroad. But the money from stays in the pockets only in a few persons.
      And also we have a President which was prizoned (twice!).
      Interesting, which country can also brag about this? :D

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    6. Whoa yes, that's really interesting to read. Thanks a lot for telling. It's so amazing to read how different the countries around the world are, how much people pay for various things and generally how they live. I'm very interested in reading facts like that!

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  7. Avon matte was created in 2010 and you can get them in the US fairly cheap but they are getting harder to find. If there is ever something in the US you want specifically, let me know. I would help you get it.

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    1. I'll remember that, and I will definitely be taking advantage of that offer! Thank you so much! :)

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  8. I love it as the matte! I love mattes so much I bought Essie's Matte About You top coat. I now have a lot of my polishes matte.

    The purple is a lovely colour and I love how it came out!

    Natalie x

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    1. I haven't quite gotten used to wearing matte nail polish. I've got Orly's mattifying top coat, but I don't use it much. Not yet, anyway :)

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  9. Oh this is stunning, I absolutely love this color - and it's just as nice with the stamping too!

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    1. I absolutely love purple colours like these ones. So thanks :)

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  10. This is really great! I love it!

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    1. Thank you - that purple is pretty amazing!

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